Alleged budget padding: N3.7trn was later discovered – Jarigbe on what Ningi should’ve done

Lawmaker representing Cross River North Senatorial District,
Senator Agom Jarigbe says his colleague, Senator Abdul Ningi, should have
tabled his allegation of budget padding to the Senate for discussion during plenary.


Recall that Ningi, representing Bauchi Central on the
platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, had alleged that about N3.7
trillion in the 2024 budget was not tied to any project.


The allegation, however, landed him three months suspension
after the Senate deliberated on the matter during plenary on Tuesday.


Speaking on the matter, Jarigbe, who appeared on Arise TV on
Wednesday, said the controversial N3.7 trillion was later discovered to have
been “captured under the GOEs, judiciary, National Assembly”.


According to him, Ningi should not have gone to the press to
disseminate the alleged padding in the budget.


He said, “For the nobble Senators that decided to
investigate the budget and even got a consultant to look at it, they probably
decided to do that before Senator Ningi who is a leader of that Forum took it


“I don’t think it was necessary for them to do that and even
go to the press, I think it would have been brought to the floor of the Senate
to be discussed in our executive section.


“You discover that when the chairman of the Senate Committee
on Appropriation explained the situation, the N3.7 trillion was discovered to
have been captured under the GOEs, judiciary, national assemblies. Those were
in the first line charge.


“It was like an optical illusion. N3.7 trillion was a
fallacy. If it was brought to the floor of the Senate, the controversy would
have been explained”.


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